Bent Screw Productions

"...sometimes the nuts just don't fit."


What is Bent Screw?

Bent Screw Productions is for, well, whatever fits. It is really a creative outlet for Russel Lee.

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Why Bent Screw?

"Where on earth did you come up with Bent Screw for a name?"

Bent Screw Doodle ImageI am glad you asked...Once upon a time, long, long ago, I was a Director of Development and Operations for a large web company.  I got to this position through companies buying and selling each other, like so many did during the earlier years of the web.  One day I was sitting in a meeting (I was the junior person in the room) and I made an observation...I saw that everyone in the room spoke with great authority and gave their sage advise, even though very few actually understood the subject.  This was because the discussion had to do with one of the company acquisitions and almost no one was there from the acquired company to fill in the missing pieces. 

Now I often doodle when I do not have an active role in a meeting to keep my hands busy and allow me to concentrate on what is happening in the meeting (I know it sounds contradictory, but that's how I'm wired :), and as I doodled in this meeting a very Freudian image took shape...

I had drawn a doodle of what I was thinking without really paying attention.  "This place works about as well as a bent screw!"  I determined at that moment to try to always be willing to say "I don't know, but I'll find out" and whenever possible to involve the experts in any given field.  Therefore, I kept the name and the image to remind me of these decisions.

Because of this epiphany, I continue to this day using these principles as a guide:

  • Never be afraid to say "I don't know"
  • Ask for help when I need it
  • Learn at every opportunity
  • Give help whenever I am asked
  • Teach others whatever I know so that they may grow too
  • Good Enough, never is